15th Annual Hymnfest Celebrates the Reformation


On Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 PM, Alice Millar Chapel will be holding their 15th annual Hymnfest. Attendees will get a truly immersive experience by singing along with the brass instrumental ensemble and chorus conducted by Director of Music Stephen Alltop. These talented musicians come from a wide variety of backgrounds; representing a mix of professionals and amateurs, some of the musicians are also either current or former Northwestern students.

Other draws include the powerful 100-rank pipe organ played by Eric Budzynski, as well as the chapel itself, whose stained glass windows are truly a work of art. Each window tells its own story through the image it depicts, creating an amazing sight for those seated within the chapel.

This year’s hymnfest is especially meaningful because it will celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther initiated the Reformation after he nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg castle church, eventually leading to the creation of Protestantism as a division of Christianity. To honor this significant historical event, the program will include traditional German hymns such as “Ein feste Burg,” “Lobe den Herren,” and “Verleih' uns Frieden” amongst the more commonly known songs within their program.

Hymnfest is free and open to all students, staff, and members of the public. It’s a chance to begin your week by building community through the power of music.